Golden Eagles bounce back with road victory over Cass

Coming off of their tough, heartbreaking loss to Lapel the previous weekend, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles rebounded in a big way on Saturday afternoon, recording their ninth victory of the season with a 68-58 triumph over the Lewis Kings.

“In these Saturday afternoon games where there is really nothing on the line, victory tends to favor the team that comes out and plays on their toes and is the aggressor,” Oak Hill Head Coach Kevin Renbarger said. “We learned this lesson the hard way against Cass last year. Our kids got some early turnovers and good baskets that seemed to get us off to a good start.”

Oak Hill built a 21-14 lead after the first quarter of play, and their offense seemed to click from the opening tip.

“We were able to get some easy baskets out of our press and in transition,” Renbarger said. “We really had our offense working well especially in the first half. We also got some outside shots knocked down from almost all of our perimeter players.  For three-and-a-half quarters, it was as complete a game on both ends we have played all year.”

Furthermore, the Golden Eagles continued their strong play on the defensive end of the floor, which has played a major part in Oak Hill’s success during the second half of the season.

“The kids definitely have bought in on defense being the key to our success,” Renbarger said. “It is what has driven our second half success. Ryan and Tristen are helping the rebounding effort on both ends and right now Ryan is our MVP. He has changed the landscape of our defensive approach so much. His insertion into the starting lineup has coincided with our success.  We are giving up about 45 points a game since the turn of the year and have held all teams but one under their season averages. This is something tangible we can show the kids in regards to their success.”

Oak Hill will face one of their toughest tests of the season this coming Saturday when Luke Brown and the Blackford Bruins come to town.

“This is a really big game for us in the conference race,” Renbarger said. “As the season winds down, we need to have this game in order to have any chance at the top spot in the conference. Blackford is a really good team with a very dynamic player. We were exceptionally disappointed in our effort, approach, and coaching leadership and preparation after last year’s game with them. We need to improve in all of these areas to have a chance. The crowd will be electric and it is a great opportunity to see what we have coming down the stretch. We are looking forward to the challenge.”

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